Cloud-based applications are creating surging demand for 10G PON, according to Ovum.
Accessing software online instead of downloading applications to a computer is not new. For years, consumers and SMBs have used tools such as Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office and uploaded data to sites like Dropbox. But the ongoing success of OTT encourages consumers and, increasingly, enterprises to seek a Netflix-like menu of software, games and other content for subscription-based use.
"People have said there is no one killer app for bandwidth -- and that's true," Ovum Research Analyst for Service Provider Technology Julie Kunstler told Broadband World News. "But there are a lot of cloud-based applications."
In addition to cost-effectively providing choices for gamers, parents seeking educational software for their children and other users looking for variety, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model applies to residential and business customers, she said. She noted that storage becomes more important, too, especially cloud-based storage. Cloud-based DVR empowers subscribers to save and watch more content, potentially subscribing to more pay-TV and improving customer experience.
Because they can reuse optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical distribution networks (ODNs), network upgrade capex for 10G PON is 50% the capex of upgrading GPON fiber-to-the-home, Ovum estimates.
And 10G PON delivers multi-services via bandwith of up to 10 Gbit/s in one fiber. It has got low latency and low packet-loss ratio (PLR) and supports demanding applications like such cloud-based apps as gaming and video streaming, Kunstler added.
Although most residential subs today do not maximize gigabit speeds, some operators already offer 10 Gbit/s to customers -- with at least a few providing this speed at less than $100 per month, she said. Operators offering 10 Gbit/s include EPB, Global Data Link and Xmission in the US; Japan's KDDI, NCT, Optage and Sonet; Poland's Inea; and South Korea's KT, according to data from Ovum and Huawei.
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